The idea that self care is occasional massages and pampering makes it very difficult to understand how to affordably and regularly access what should be daily wellness practices. Of course, if you enjoy it and can safely and financially do it, get the massage!
So, what is self care?
How you, on a regular basis, support yourself mentally, physically, and energetically. It doesn't have to be doing something big or for hours at a time. Think of it more as small practices and daily rituals that make you feel grounded, present, and able to take a breath.
Have a cup of tea in the morning before picking up your phone for the day.
Take a walk midday around the block or in a park.
Move! - yoga, lifting weights, or getting your body moving in a way that feels good.
Set a time at the end of the day to stop working and take a break from screens.
Take time each day to do something fun (art, reading, listening to music, meditating, juggling, ...)
What is self care during a pandemic?
Safe practices that fulfill your community/social needs.
Taking a walk with a friend (masks and social distancing work!)
Doing an activity with someone (like AcroYoga pictured above!) wear contact happens, but is controlled or limited, then using hand sanitizer and washing hands regularly.
Checking in with a friend everyday
Finding an online group - can be therapy or something like a book club, art making group, etc.
Pick one thing and aim to do it for 5 min each day!
Stay safe and let us know how it goes!
How to find the magic in small moments...
Currently, I am grateful for a few days in the woods before heading back to Brooklyn, NY. I am also grateful for my family, who I miss seeing on a regular basis, and the friends who have helped and supported me both while building my company and during the pandemic. At this exact moment I am also loving crystallized ginger and black tea with a little honey and milk!
Emery started Water & Stone in 2015 to bring a more contemplative approach to health and wellness in NYC. She is inspired to combine her love of meditation, creative arts, and psychology to support others in bravely healing or daring to reach for dreams with the goal of living a fully engaged and fulfilling life. Since starting her company, she has gathered a diverse group of women with similar dreams to support people locally, nationally and internationally.